The week the Curse struck Gold 👻🏅(22.9.23)

Loki Sneak Peek

Get a sneak peek into the filming of Loki season 2 in this latest featurette from Marvel Studios. With interviews from Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson and Sophia Di Martino, get the inside scoop on what the characters will be facing in the new season. 

Loki Season 2 premiers on October 5th on Disney+

‘Beautiful Law’ with GE

In order to capture the dreamy and mesmerising essence of GE’s new spot, director Frederic Planchon, Anonymous, and BBDO – alongside our NY VFX artists led by Vicky Osborn (Creative Director), Andre Vidal (VFX Supervisor/Compositing Lead) and Pat Ross (CG Lead) – crafted the key CG elements seen throughout the sequence, including the CG wind turbine and plane flying through the grandiose library with VFX extensions, ensuring every detail conveyed the surreal look finished with a grade by Jean-Clément Soret of Company 3

We Love Potatoes

Last week saw the release of the ‘We Love Potatoes’ ad for Walkers set to an iconic soundtrack and directed by Rob Legatt, our LDN team brought this delightful and cheeky ad to life sharing a very British way to enjoy potatoes, particularly in crisp form.


Foundation Season Two Deep Dive

Production VFX Supervisor, Chris MacLean, sat down with Art of VFX for a detailed interview about Foundation Season Two. He discussed how Framestore’s MTL and MUM teams joined by LDN’s Pre-production Services played a pivotal role in creating the show’s expansive worlds and intricate creatures.

He commented: “We could not have done season two of Foundation without the talented team of artists at Framestore. Their collective visual effects knowledge base and their love for the craft shines through in every shot, asset and effect they created for us.

From the Stone Eaters sequence to the Moonshrikes to the epic space battle above Terminus there was not a single frame that was not pure visual effects mastery. I appreciate all of the hard work each artist and member of the producorial staff put into helping us bring this season to life. We could not have asked for better creative partners or a better creative team.”

Read more here.

Befores and Afters Podcast

MTL based VFX Supervisor Nicolas Chevallier and Head of Creatures Pierre-Loïc Hamon joined host Ian Failes to discuss our human digital double workflow. They shed light on how the team combined cutting-edge scanning and machine learning techniques with traditional animation craftsmanship to create a compelling performance.

Listen to the Podcast here.


End the Summer with XVFX

This week our LDN studio hosted ACCESS:VFX for their ‘End the Summer with XVFX’ event, an incredible evening, full of important conversations, new connections, inspiring speakers, good music and delicious Caribbean food!

Hosted by Simon Devereux the event featured panel discussions including our very own Derin Owodunni (Labs).

A big thank you to all the team that helped organise this event and to Videographer, Josh Syratt for filming the panel discussion and getting social media content.

A look back at Concept 101

Last week our Art Department headed down to Concept101, an amazing community event and passion project organised by two of our artists Daniel McGarry and Jules Darriulat. Bringing together concept artists and studios from all over Europe & the UK the best of the community was on show, from insightful talks, portfolio reviews, stunning competition entries and the meeting of friends old and new. Martin Macrae, Jenny Morgan, Fern Hodgson, Jonathan Opgenhaffen, Dan Baker and Rost Zagornov were in full support giving advice and sharing insights into our work on The Midnight Sky and Fantastic Beasts.

Congratulations to Daniel and Jules for organising such an energising event.  


The Curse at Alton Manor Wins Big at UK Theme Park Awards

‘The Curse at Alton Manor’, a re-imagined haunted dark ride at Alton Towers, has picked up three awards at the UK Theme Park Awards! In partnership with Merlin Magic Making, Framestore worked to deliver the core creative concept and thematic design which received honors in the following categories: 

Best Reimagined Attraction – Gold 

Best Theme Park Music – Gold 

Best Marketing Campaign – Silver 

Framestore’s work was led by Creative Director Gavin Fox, tasked with redeveloping the attraction’s old ‘Duel’ haunted house ride into a new story and experience using modern techniques. Congrats to everyone who brought ‘The Curse at Alton Manor’ to life!

In other news

New Framestore Podcast Episodes

The Framestore Podcast release another 2 episodes this week, our usual host Simon Devereux was joined by Production Manager in the Art Department, Fern Hodgson to interview Head of the Art Department, Martin Macrae. Fern, also a professional photographer, joined Framestore in 2016, she and Simon talked to Martin about his early days growing up on the Isle of Lewis, his creative inspirations and some of his favourite projects.

Listen to all episodes now on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

ONE PIECE Viewing Party

Last Friday some NY team members got together in the office for a viewing of the first two episodes of Netflix’s One Piece. There was pizza, beer, tales of misfit pirates, and just overall team camaraderie to celebrate all the amazing work that the NY and LDN teams did for Netflix’s latest anime adaptation. Congrats to all involved, we are all looking forward to season 2!!!

MTL’s Terry Fox Run

Montreal’s Terry Fox Run, a marathon that is celebrated across Canada in support of cancer research, saw MTL’s Jogging Club (Team Framespeed) raise almost $1000 from the distance they covered and from a fundraiser bake sale last week!

Congratulations for the team and thank you to everyone who donated!

MTL Sports Clubs

Out MTL studio have added two more sporting clubs to their growing number of activities, sign up if you would like to join the new Basketball Club or the Volleyball Club.

That’s all folks!